SpaceX launched its first manned spacecraft to ISS Crew Dragon
It happened what waited for many years and that was delayed during repeated transfers: the launch of the SpaceX Dragon Crew. Just recently, the launch pad LC-39A Space Center. Kennedy in Florida (from there flew "Apollo" and the space shuttles) Falcon 9 rocket took off on a mission SpX-DM1. Together with her went into space manned spacecraft Crew Dragon (Dragon 2) with a dummy Ripley (the main character of the film series "Alien") and headed for the International Space Station.
A live webcast of the launch was conducted at NASA and SpaceX channels.
Crew Dragon went to the ISS
At 2:49 am (ET) - 10:49 GMT - Crew Dragon soared into the sky and turned in orbit only 11 minutes later. Then planted his SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on one of the barges in the Atlantic - for the company it was the 35th successful launch. The capsule, which is now orbiting the Earth, will attempt to dock with the International Space Station tomorrow morning. This is a dress rehearsal for the delivery of astronauts on the orbiting laboratory, which once held.
Crew Dragon - an important part of the NASA program for the development of private manned spacecraft, which revolves around the development of private spacecraft to send humans to the International Space Station and back. As part of this program, the two companies - SpaceX and Boeing - are developing their own capsules that will deliver NASA astronauts into space and return them to Earth. But before the capsule can carry people, NASA wants to see vehicles in action.
And SpaceX's Crew Dragon takes to the skies for the first time! pic.twitter.com/2ze0wSmLbb
- Loren Grush (@lorengrush) March 2, 2019
Main engine cutoff and stage separation confirmed. Second stage engine burn underway pic.twitter.com/TY5CT14g7g
- SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 2, 2019
- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 1, 2019
It is in this time of living passengers did not. But clever dummy named Ripley - equipped with sensors and wearing a special suit SpaceX - followed the situation. Sitting on one of the four passenger seats, Ripley collects data about how the flight can affect the human body. A live webcast of SpaceX also gave an idea of the state of Ripley during startup. In addition, within a small toy vehicle in the form of earth has been placed, which floated in the air, when Crew Dragon was in microgravity.
When Sunday morning Crew Dragon with Ripley's on the board will meet with the ISS, the capsule will maneuver in the direction of the station and try to join the free port. This dock was installed specifically for SpaceX and Boeing. Using a series of lasers and software, Crew Dragon identifies the docking adapter, and join it without the help of astronauts aboard the station. Preceded Crew Dragon - capsule Dragon - a different approach. Supplying materials to the ISS, the cargo version of the moors, not docked. A member of the crew on board the ISS using the station robotic arm to grab the capsule cargo and deliver it to the port. Crew Dragon will also be completely independent.
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